Helen is passionate in supporting children and adults in achieving their communication goals. She enjoys working with ages across the lifespan and developing treatment that is customised to suit both the individual and their families. She takes pride in being a speech pathologist and an audiologist, and having the best of both worlds! Helen enjoys working in both roles and feels privileged to be able to apply the wealth of knowledge from each field to the other, to help foster better communication.
Helen’s special interests are bilingualism, hearing loss and providing assistance for children presenting with language difficulties and speech sound difficulties.
As part of the Speechcare team, Helen takes great reward from building rapport with young children and their caregivers, and working alongside them to reach their communication goals.
Being a bilingual speaker herself, Helen understands the challenges faced by parents when raising their children in an environment where two or more languages are spoken. Helen is trained in Hanen’s It Takes Two To Talk program. She is especially passionate about working with late talkers. She has more than 5 years of experience in delivering this program in a culturally adapted and friendly way. She is especially aware of the culturally specific complications suitable for this population and ensures her families are well-supported throughout the program. Helen is fluent in Cantonese, and has a basic grasp of the Mandarin language.
Helen completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology (BSpPath) with 1st class Honours from The University of Queensland in 2014. Her honours project focused on the importance of family-centred practice especially when working with paediatric population. Due to her interest in the impact of hearing on communication, Helen also obtained her Masters of Audiology Studies at The University of Queensland in 2016. She is currently an Accredited Audiologist recognised by Audiology Australia.
Since finishing her audiology studies, Helen has worked in various settings such as diagnostic and rehabilitation audiology settings including hospitals, private audiology clinics and has experience in liaising within a multi-disciplinary team including other speech pathologists and ENTs.
She also worked as a Speech Pathologist on the RBWH Neurosurgery ward during 2020 – 2021 to assist in providing communication assessments for adults.
Most recently, Helen has been working as a diagnostic audiologist the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital. Since her hospital work, she has developed further interest in providing rehabilitation for adults who present with aphasia, or after a stroke or traumatic brain injury.
Helen enjoys working with a diverse range of ages as a speech pathologist at Speechcare.
When not at work, Helen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling and exploring the outdoors. She loves all things creative and colourful and has recently discovered her love for floristry as well!